Why is Blepharoplasty so popular?
The older we get, the more the skin around our eyes loses elasticity. With increased age, the muscles around our eyes also become weaker, so they slack more, resulting in eye bags or eye puffiness.
For many, this procedure is for cosmetic reasons, as blepharoplasty tends to yield a younger appearance. Eyelid surgery (commonly called eyelid lift surgery), can potentially remove eye bags, droopy upper eyelids, and excess skin on either eyelid. Eyelid surgery is also used to treat people with mono-lids.
However, some people also decide to undergo this procedure to improve their sight. Vision impairment is caused by loosening the skin around the eyes, reducing their vision.
What types of Blepharoplasty are there?
One of the types of eyelid surgery is called laser blepharoplasty or laser eyelid surgery. A laser is used on the upper and lower eyelid to remove excess skin for this procedure.
Transconjunctival blepharoplasty is the most common form of eyelid surgery. A surgeon makes incisions on either the top or bottom eyelid in this procedure.
Asian blepharoplasty, commonly called double eyelid surgery, is a cosmetic surgery that creates an additional crease on the upper eyelid. This treatment is standard for people who have mono lids.
Awake blepharoplasty is a procedure in which the patient is under local anaesthetic, meaning they remain awake the entire time. For all of our blepharoplasty procedures, you will be under local anaesthetic.
A general anaesthetic is only used when the patient does multiple procedures.
How do you prepare for Blepharoplasty Surgery?
Generally, you should:
- Avoid some traditional medicine like aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen.
- Keep from smoking two weeks before the procedure.
- Avoid sun damage two weeks before surgery
- fast the night before surgery (food and drink)
- Arrange for someone to take your hope from the hospital and stay with you for 24hours.
Your physician will provide the complete details at the consultation.
What happens during Blepharoplasty Surgery?
Firstly, your eyelids are cleaned and prepped.
From here, the surgery splits into two parts, upper blepharoplasty and lower blepharoplasty.
The first part is typically the upper eyelid surgery (also known as hooded eye surgery). Your surgeon makes an incision along the eyelids and removes the excess tissue (fat, skin, and muscle) around your eyelid.
After which, the surgeon makes an incision underneath the lower lash line for the lower eyelid, then removes the excess tissue once again. This procedure is known as under eyelid surgery.
The surgeon will then smooth out the underlying eye muscles and strengthen the supporting structures allowing your eyelids to settle into their new shape.
Finally, the surgeon will reinforce the surrounding muscle and tendon tissues before closing the wound with stitches. The process takes 2-3 hours.
After two weeks of recovery, the patient visibly looks younger.
What to do after Blepharoplasty Surgery?
You won’t usually need to spend the night at our clinic. However, you may temporarily experience double vision, watery eyes, sensitivity to light, blurry vision, puffy eyelids, swelling and bruising around the eyes, pain, or discomfort after your surgery.
Your doctor may suggest the following post-surgery:
- Avoid heavy lifting for one week.
- Refrain from smoking for two weeks.
- Avoid wearing contact lenses for two weeks.
- Wear sunglasses to avoid direct sunlight
- Avoid taking any medicines that may increase bleeding, such as—
- Sleep with your head elevated above your chest.
- Use ice packs regularly for two weeks.
- Apply cool compresses regularly for two weeks.
- Avoid rubbing your eyes for two weeks.
- Refrain from doing exercise for one week.
Your physician will provide the complete details at the post-surgery assessment.